|Later tonight, the Sixers will face a team so bad they're literally being run out of Sacramento. OK, well, maybe it's their owners who are doing the running, but the point is, they're terrible. That doesn't mean they don't have some talented players, simply that the talented players they have are quite flawed, don't fit together, and in some cases are downright lunatics. Still, you can't take them lightly, so let's take a closer look.|
|I have to admit, the theory behind this post wound up being something very different from what I'm writing right now. The idea came from some stats TK76 tossed around in the comments over the past couple day about how hot Jodie Meeks has been of late. I was planning to write about how streaky Meeks is, and how the team's slim chances of winning a round in the playoffs could be dramatically altered depending on whether he's on a hot streak or a cold streak. Once I looked at the numbers, though, that idea flew right out the window.|
Latest comment: from speekegreat post ...
|Well, all I can say after last night's game is that I am irrationally excited about this team after a couple of bad losses. Will they come back to Earth? Probably a little bit, but last night's performance showed me that the team is closer to their great play in February/March than their last two stinkers. Let's take a look at a key adjustment the Sixers made on the fly to change the tone of the game.|
|The Sixers desperately needed a win, and they went out there and took it from Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers and possibly the most incompetent group of referees I've ever had the displeasure of watching. Big, big win. Blake Griffin is going to wish he never has to face Elton Brand again when he blows out the candles on his birthday cake tonight.|
|The Sixers last faced the Clippers on the eve of leaving Philly for their longest road trip of the season. This time, the Clippers will play their first game back in LA after a five-game trip against the visiting Sixers. Slowing Blake Griffin down will be a focus, but I could care less if he scores 50, as long as the Sixers get the W.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersThanks for that unpleasant reminder :)...
|The Sixers have lost consecutive games to teams they should have beaten for the first time since early January when Andre Iguodala was hurt. Just when the playoff race has begun to heat up, they've apparently wilted. You can pretty much forget about the fifth seed in the East. Luckily, though, the Knicks have picked a fine time to show their true colors.|
|If the comeback had resulted in a win we could've chalked this game up as a couple of bad quarters and then a resolve that would serve them well come playoff time. But it didn't. So all what we're left with is just a pitiful effort, again, for about 30 minutes. Then a furious comeback which left just enough time to blow a lead late in the game. The worst of both world's.|
|The amazing thing about the Sixers loss at Milwaukee on Saturday night isn't how badly they were beaten, it's that it was really the first game they should've won, but didn't, in nearly two months. Tonight, they need to get back on track, they can't afford even a week-long dip at this point of the season.|
|After an atrocious first couple months of their NBA season, the Philadelphia 76ers have rebounded well and are playing some of the hottest ball in the league. Currently, the Sixers are the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. If the playoffs started today, the Sixers would play the Chicago Bulls in the first round. However, with 16 games to play both the six (0.5 games behind) and even the five (4 games behind) seed seem to be obtainable goals for the Sixers.|
|Throughout the week, basketball writers from the major sites have a number of chats and run rumor columns. Every once in a while, they actually talk about the Sixers. In this column, GoSixers has aggregated the relevant stuff from the chats. You'll see stuff in here that will make you scratch your head, but keep in mind, these guys are experts.|
|What we saw on the floor tonight from the Sixers in no way resembled the basketball we've seen from them this season. If you want to dwell on it as some sort of indicator, that's your prerogative. For me, and more importantly for the team, it's just a blip. It's over, delete it from your memory banks and get ready for the Jazz on Monday night.|